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feature full1 overseas non practising  Associate (technician/
assistant)
retired NTP / academics student
insurance yes no no yes6 no yes3 yes2
employment/TU representation4 yes no no yes no yes3 no
employment advice yes no no yes no yes no
BIOS Journal yes yes yes yes no yes yes
clinical meetings, conferences, AGM yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
voting rights (BIOS) yes yes yes no yes yes no
voting rights (BOS TU)4 yes no no no no yes no
IOA membership yes yes yes yes no yes yes
OCE membership yes yes yes yes no yes yes
BIOS private website yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
BIOS CPD system yes yes yes yes no yes no
BIOS monthly magazine - Parallel Vision
yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
AHP rewards5 yes no yes yes yes yes no

1 - a discounted rate applies to Full members in their first full calendar year of employment after graduating (e.g. for 2015 graduates, 2016) - if you think you may be eligible, please contact the BIOS office

2 - applies to students undertaking activities within the scope orthoptic practice delegated by a registered orthoptists or other healthcare professional

3 - applies only to the member's practice as an orthoptist in the employment of a healthcare organisation, and to participation in BIOS SIGs and committees

4 - not available to members employed in the Republic of Ireland, who should select Full (RoI) membership for 2016 onwards

5 - not all offers are open to members resident in the Republic of Ireland - call the hotline for detailed advice

6 - applies only if accountable to and managed by an orthoptist, and working within the scope of orthoptic practice

British and Irish Orthoptic Society

0203 853 9797

Salisbury House · Station Road
Cambridge · CB1 2LA
United Kingdom